Mar 2, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (63) throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

3/7 Game Recap: Mets And Cardinals Play To 5-5 Tie


Friday in Port St. Lucie, the Mets – with David Wright and Daniel Murphy in the lineup for the first time this spring – took on the Cardinals.

Game Recap:

Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up some hard hit balls early, and the Cardinals capitalized on three hits in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Matsuzaka continued to give up hard contact in the second, and was victimized by some poor defense and a ball that was scorched off the second base umpire while giving up three more hits and another run as the Cardinals expanded their lead to 2-0.

John Lannan relieved Matsuzaka in the third, and allowed back to back hits to open the frame before uncorking a wild pitch. He then gave up a run on a sacrifice fly but escaped without further damage as the Cardinals went up 3-0. The Cardinals took a 4-0 lead in the fourth when they added another run off Lannan (which was unearned due to a a Ruben Tejada error).

The Mets got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a Kirk Nieuwnehuis groundout, but the Cardinals got it right back in the top of the sixth when a two out, two base error on Andrew Brown paved the way for another run to score. That made it 5-1 St. Louis.

In the seventh, the Mets drew within 5-3 when Anthony Recker and Andrew Brown both deposited solo home runs over the right field fence.

As they have a few times already this spring, the Mets fought back in the ninth, tying the game on consecutive two out RBI singles from Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell to knot things at 5.

After the Mets made the third out in the ninth, Terry Collins and Mike Matheny elected to have the game end in a tie.

Highlights:

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start and gave up 6 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings of work. Some of the hits were due to poor defense, but mostly all of the contact off Dice-K was hard contact.
  • John Lannan gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings pitched. He allowed 3 hits and walked none.
  • Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 and made an error (and 2 other misplays) at shortstop.
  • Vic Black walked 1 and struck out 2 in his scoreless inning of work.
  • Steven Matz touched 95 MPH with his fastball and flashed solid secondaries while striking out 3 in a scoreless inning.

Thoughts:

Ruben Tejada, in his first game action in a while, looked brutal on both sides of the ball. He made a fielding error on a slow grounder hit right at him, and misplayed two other balls (one that easily could’ve gone for another error). He also had a poor day at the plate, going 0 for 2 while making only weak contact.

Next Up:

The Mets travel to Lakeland to take on the Tigers tomorrow at 1:05 PM. Noah Syndergaard gets the start for the Mets.

 

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